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Saint Louis, MO

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I teach guitar from a wide background in many genres. You can expect to learn chord and scale theory, as well as mechanics, tone control, note and key identification, and ear training. We can explore any genre of interest, however my specialties are in blues, rock, classic rock, bluegrass, and country.

About Richard
Music is my life. Since the age of 16, I have studied the guitar extensively. During my high-school years I was involved in band, marching band, choir, and independent music theory. I started my first band when I was 19 in the U.S. Army, and my life has never been the same since. I played music professionally in local bands while attending UMSL and have been teaching guitar and musical performance to many students privately for the last 7 years while developing and exploring my own musical goals. Recently I have written, produced, and performed on 5 original music albums, toured from St Louis to Texas and Colorado, and have learned many things about humanity and our culture's relationship to music. Those who share a passion for music form an extraordinary community. Come take the first step toward your potential...

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My students can expect professional, expert advise from a working performance artist. One of my main philosophies is a focus on fun. If music is fun, then students will practice more - which leads to accelerating returns. My students can expect lessons tailored to their specific goals. First I will discuss with the student musical influences and genre preferences, then I will assess the student's current abilities and we will begin designing a weekly regimen of practice and study. As a product of the Internet generation, I recommend using all the tools available to my students including the Internet to further their goals. My students will also learn to perform with other musicians, so we will typically have a segment of each lesson dedicated to jam time. Whether my students aspire to be professional performance artists, impress their love interests, or just rock out in their bedrooms, I work with my students so that they can do exactly that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
one bedroom apt...hardwood floor...central room for studio...music stands, room parents to sit, chairs...

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a music stand, an acoustic guitar, my handout literature, and any other equipment (mic, stand, vocal amp, electric guitar, guitar amp) based on what my students want to learn. I expect my students to own whatever instruments they want to learn.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching acoustic and electric guitar and stage performance. I teach using handouts that I customize for students and have lessons made up around different concepts such as - learning to identify what key a song is in - how to use 3 chord combinations - learning scales and when to use them - these type of things. I usually teach based on how I learned, which includes - using the Internet to learn songs - how to figure out how a particular song is played - getting into good practice habits - etc. My genres of specialty are Blues, Rock/Classic Rock/Southern Rock, and Acoustic Singer/Songwriter. What I like to do is ask a student what kind of music or songs they would like to learn, then build them up to the level they need to be to play those songs or that style of interest.
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Bob October 3, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Richie is a thoughtful and flexible instructor
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Kit E. October 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Richard was great! He explained how to set everything up and a few fundamentals in a way that we were able to get through them fairly quick and we got right to the fun part. I found myself playing a few cords and jamming with Richard halfway through my first 45 minute class. This is exactly why I wanted to have an instructor, so I can reap the benefits almost immediately, which makes me want to come back for more.
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Dave W. May 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Combined a great balance of practice, instruction, theory, and suggestions for "homework." Didn't feel inadequate, like I did with another instructor from school of rock.
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Richard D.

Richard D.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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About Ted M.

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Moorpark, CA
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I teach from a practical application approach. If you want to play live, we will explore ALL areas, including gear and live venue approach as well as ensemble etiquette.

About Ted
Ted M.
Guitarist, Composer, Producer, Luthier, Instructor, Engineer, Hopeless Gearaholic and Lion Tamer
Ted M. and his band released two albums in the early eighties to high critical acclaim and never looked back, launching a career that spans 30 years and encompasses the epitome of composition, production, performance, and now education, sales and luthiery skills.
Ted M. is a master technician and a compassionate guitar teacher who still performs live.
Ted M. is a dynamic personality and is, admittedly, a hopeless gearaholic who enjoys building, repairing and designing stage rigs for some of the best guitarists in the business.

Discography:
1978 Robben Banks Independent Release
1979 Thunder On The Mountain KAZY compilation release
1981 Illustrated Victims Dagger Records
1983 Ted M. Dagger Records
1984 Artful Dodger Dagger Rec
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1997 L.I.T.A. Blue Hair Records 2000 Get A Life Get A Life Records
2000 Tornado Alley GAL Productions
2001 Workin It GAL Productions
2002 Ritmo Del DeSeo GAL Productions
2003 BadAss GAL Productions
2003 The World Within GAL Productions
2006 It Is What It Is Tree Daddy Records
2008 Magdalene, Woman Of Light MM productions 2010 EP Tree Daddy Records
2001-2003 Guitar and Amp Sales, Guitar Center, Arvada, CO. 2003-2004 Sales Rep Cornford Amps, United Kingdom 2003-2004 Sales Rep Rowan Guitars Garland, TX.
2009-Present 2012-Present
Western Tour Manager for Carl Verheyen Band Guitar Tech for Supertramp

Current Personal Gear Lineup
PRS Hollowbody II w/ Piezo
Tom Anderson Custom Cobra
USA Strat w/ Lollar pickups
PRS Singlecut
Custom Builds
Taylor 314
Carol Ann OD3r
Divided By Thirteen JRT 9/15
Amplified Nation 2x12 cab with EV12L and Jensen jet Alnico
Amplified Nation 1x12 w/Bludo voiced ASW KTS70
Strymon Timeline
Strymon Mobius
Axess Buffers
Radial Big Shot I/O Input Switchers
S.I.B. Varidrive Tube OD
Analogman K.O.T.
Rockbox Boiling Point
Fulltone Wah
TC electronic HOF Reverb
Peterson Tuners
Radial JDI Direct Box
Lehle Dual A/B/Y Switcher
Pedaltrain boards
Voodoo Lab 2 Power Supplies
Zaolla. Lava and George L Cables
Safe Case and New York Case CO. ATA Road Cases

The Day Jobs
Education and Certification
Red Rocks Community College-School Of Luthiery
2011-2012
Bill Lawrence, Instructor Dale Bruning, Instructor Carl Verheyen, Instructor
1963-1967 2000-2002
2011-present

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"My lessons incorporate not just the basic fundamentals of the instrument, but an insight and comprehensive journey into the art of making music and the business of ensemble production. This is augmented by time spent in the studio with students, recording their progress, giving them benchmarks and something to show for their efforts."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room: seating for parents, music stands, recording gear, spare amps.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and books and expect them to provide the same.

*** Specialties ***
I tailor each set of lessons with the personality and talent level of each individual student.
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Jeremy May 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Jeremy May 17, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ted is extremely knowledgeable about music theory and is a talented guitarist. We had talked briefly before our first lesson so he could assess my goals...and he literally managed to fill in the missing pieces and get me the information that I needed in the very first lesson to be able to achieve my goal. It's an overwhelming amount of information, and now it's on me to silly what I've learned and practice, practice, practice! But in five short lessons my understanding of music has changed dramatically, and as a result, my playing has improved as well.

Thanks Ted!
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Bill H. June 24, 2013
· Guitar ·
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Ted is a great instructor who adjusts the pace to match my capability, keeping it interesting and challenging. He has taught me about equipment design and theory as well as music theory and playing skills. Always an enjoyable time at lessons.
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Ted M.

Ted M.

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About David M.

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Saint Louis, MO
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Acoustic Guitar, Blues Guitar, Jazz, Rock, Metal.

About David
Composer and guitarist David began formal music training at the age of 5 on the drums. He taught himself guitar as a teenager and began playing in local rock bands. Initially entering college as a Journalism major, his passion for music led him to Meramec College where he studied Music Theory with Robert C. Howard and classical guitar with Larry Bolles. From 1990 through 1993, he attended Webster University, and became only the second composer in the school's history to receive the BM/MM Scholarship. While at Webster, he studied composition with Dr. Kendall Stallings, Robert Chamberlin, and Kim Portnoy, Jazz History with Paul Demarinis, and 18th Century Counterpoint with Dr. Eloise Jarvis. During his education, he performed with many student ensembles and sat in on master classes by the great sitarist and surbaharist, Imrat Khan and jazz
guitarist Peter Leitch.

In 1993 he started St. Louis SoundWorks with Grammy nominated Adam Long and Mark McClanahan that specialized in mobile recording, and composing music for films and commercials.

As a musician, David has composed over 200 pieces for various instruments and combinations from small chamber ensembles to full orchestra. He was bandleader of two creative ensembles that focused on alternative notation compositions and improvised music, and later co-founded the avant-garde influenced rock band Diverted Course which released two CD's.

As a teacher, David has taught classical guitar and musicianship as an adjunct faculty member at Meramec College and Webster University. He has given seminars on the music of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Anthony Braxton. He has been teaching privately for 23 years and many of his students have gone on to successful music careers and performed all over the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach students of all ages in a fun and positive manner. I am flexible and will tailor the lessons to satisfy your own individual goals. Whether you are a beginner that wants to gain a foundation in technique, sight reading, and basic theory or an intermediate or more advanced player that wants to increase their knowledge and polish their skills, I will devise a plan to meet your needs. I encourage regular practice and like my students to keep a journal to monitor their progress.

I teach a variety of styles including classical guitar, blues, rock, jazz, and avant-garde.

Ultimately, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, a way to express themselves, and has something unique to say, and I aim to help those students find their own voice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Extra guitars and amps at both places. Mixing board at the studio. Only has a upright piano at his home address but has a keyboard at studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect my students to provide the guitar. Amplification is optional.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, and avant-garde.
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Daniel M. April 28, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My son is excited to be learning!
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Joe February 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Dave has been able to take me on a great journey! We have covered many kinds of music, and I'm greatly appreciative of his patience and encouragement. He was able to tell after just a couple of lessons that my original plans for getting lessons was never going to be enough. He introduced several topics, and whetted my appetite for more! If only all teachers could open doors this way!!!
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Sam N. October 16, 2016
· Guitar · In home
We are extremely happy with our decision to go with David. He is extremely encouraging and positive during his lessons and his teaching skills are top notch!!!
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David M.

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Saint Louis, MO 63128
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About Mel P.

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Union, MO

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I will teach you proper fundamentals an techniques. Notes, scales, chords, rhythm. Any style. You will be amazed at how you will play after you learn from me.

Teaching all levels of string players. Notes, tablature, playing by ear. All methods of learning. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Classical and much more.

You will learn the best techniques, and learn faster with my time proven methods. Learn from a pro. Let's get together!

About Mel
I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!
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Louis O. January 7, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Mel is an excellent instructor, not to mention his experience and expertise as a violinist. Our son is five and looks forward to his lessons. We do not have a music background, and with Mel's instruction we have found it easy to practice at home.

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Anna August 10, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Although I was forced to select a subject of Acoustic Guitar on the review form, my children and I have also taken lessons with Mel Parker on every subject in the pick list plus a few more. Theory, composition, recording. Improvisation techniques, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, violin, bass, mandolin, ear training, techniques applied to all music genre's, group and solo performance techniques, ETC! The main point here is that as an accomplished and talented musician, Mel Parker is fluent in the music industry and very skilled at teaching all skill levels, from beginner to pro. He can teach very rigid focused lessons or he can shift and adjust the lesson instantly to meet the needs of the student. My children have been able to explore and experiment different instruments, genre's and other areas of the music industry as their interests grew and changed over the years. They have had many changes in their interests but the one constant has been the TEACHER! It is wonderful to be able to have 1 teacher adjust his education for the ever changing and growing needs of my family. Both of my children are now very accomplished award winning performers and we all agree that Mel Parker has been/is the primary influencer in their accomplishments.
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Kim August 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
My daughter has been one of Mel's violin students for 5+ years. He is an accomplished musician who teaches his students with a kind and gracious demeanor. She also has had the opportunity to play solo's in recitals and yearly contests that Mel's studio arranges for his students. Because of his well-rounded attention to instruction, practice, and performance, her growth as a violinist has been immense. This growth has also allowed her to compete at the district and state level in school.
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Mel P.

Mel P.

Union, MO 63084
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$29 / 30-min

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Hello! My name is Will Larson, and I am a professional guitar player and teacher that has been based out of Nashville, TN for around four years. I have been teaching professionally for nearly 10 years, and in that time I have worked with students ranging in age from 8 to 60. My strategy when teaching is always to teach according to each students particular goals and interests. We can work on the music you like, and focus on playing techniques that interest you. I also have considerable experience teaching music theory and the Nashville number system to people of all skill levels.

As a player, I have a background in blues, rock, funk, jazz, and country music primarily. I graduated from Berklee college of music, where I focused on developing my skills in each of these areas. Since moving to Nashville I have primarily been playing professionally as a source of income, which has given me further experience in these genres. I look forward to sharing my musical experience with ...

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Hello! My name is Will Larson! I am originally from Lincoln, NE and I have been in Nashville around four years. I have been teaching guitar for around ten years, with students of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. My preferred method of teaching is to get to know the goals and interests of each student and to tailor our lessons to them individually!

My background as a player is diverse. I studied blues, rock, funk, country, and jazz styles at Berklee College of Music, and since moving to Nashville I have primarily made my living as a professional performer of these styles. I have traveled all over the country and gained valuable experience in many different playing situations and environments. I hope to pass on these experiences to you!
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Will L.

Will L.

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Saint Louis, MO
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I am eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation. I specialize in rock, pop, fusion, and progressive metal. I have several years of experience performing in various Christian worship bands and a bluegrass/folk duo.

About Travis
Hey there! My name is Travis and I can't wait to meet you! I have been playing guitar for over ten years. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Ivan February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very personable and related well to my son. Helped him learn a high interest song and made the lesson memorable.
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Harry September 20, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Seems like all will go well!
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Travis L.

Travis L.

Saint Louis, MO 63104
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Columbia, IL
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Scales, Improvisation, Chords, Melody, Alternate Tunings, Percussion, FUN

About Samuel
I simply love to play. To teach the guitar is a joy! Lets rock!!! (Or... boogie, blues out, shred, jazz spazz, or just plain chime chords!)
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Samuel M.

Samuel M.

Columbia, IL 62236
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$15 / 30-min

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Saint Louis, MO

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Sight reading, finger exercises, scales, theory (varies on level of student), a song/excerpt that will match the students level, as well as allowing them to choose something to work on for future learning.

About Todd
Hello. My name is Todd A. I've been playing music for most of my life. I recently graduated from Webster University with a BA in music after receiving an AA in guitar performance at SWIC. I play in several bands in the St. Louis music scene and try to play music as often as possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Anthony December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son has really enjoyed his lessons and even practices without my nagging!
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Chris March 9, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Todd is a fantastic guy! He's patient, informative, and genuinely educates you, even at the most basic level.

Highly recommended!
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T.C. March 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher, Nice and very informative!
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Todd A.

Saint Louis, MO 63118
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That bone crushing riff, the iconic solo, an instantly recognizable reverb-laden intro: everyone has guitar hero fantasies, and it's my goal to bring students from 'if only I could play that' to actually playing. But I go further than just teaching riffs and solos: I focus on learning songs and teaching basic chord and scale theory to develop technical ability and improvisational technique. I also believe learning is exponentially easier when students enjoy the songs they play, so ideally all learning material is based off of the student's individual music library. I aim to help you get that song out of your head and into your hands.

About Cole
I'm a student at Washington University by way of Chicago. I currently play bass in a jazz combo on campus, and also trade off roles as guitarist and bassist for a house band for a sketch comedy show. I've been playing for over seven years, and have been teaching lessons back home for the last three.

I spent the last four years working for Reverb.com, the worlds largest online musical instrument marketplace, where I contributed guitar-related web content and served as an authority on vintage guitar knowledge.
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Cole M.

Saint Louis, MO 63130
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$25 / 30-min

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